Brazil produces for the first time a batch of the component of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V

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Material will be sent to Russia for quality control.

Brazilian pharmaceutical company União Química has completed the production of an experimental batch of the active component of the Sputnik V antibody vaccine at its factory in Brasilia, according to information released by the Russian Embassy in Brazil.

“This stage of the project, launched last October, is an important step in the transfer of technology, necessary to guarantee the production of the Russian vaccine in Brazil”, the embassy published in its profile on social networks.

This batch will be sent in full to the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleya, which developed the immunizer, for quality control.

In early January, União Química received cellular material to manufacture the vaccine and began to produce an experimental batch of the active components of the immunizer for research purposes. União Química, which represents the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) in Brazil, filed with Anvisa a new application for registration of Sputnik V on March 26. According to the legislation in force, such requests must be considered within a period of seven days, but this can be extended if some required documents are not presented in time. The day after the new request, Anvisa suspended the review for an indefinite period, claiming that it had not yet received part of the necessary documentation.

This is not, however, the first time that the analysis of the emergency use of the Russian vaccine in Brazil has been postponed. The president of União Química, Fernando Marques, had previously accused the agency of deliberate delays for the benefit of other manufacturers of vaccines against covid-19.

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